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Meet Lorraine Armstrong, a feisty, rebellious teen growing up in a strict Jehovah’s Witness family in a small southwest Ontario town in the late 1960s. Why must there be so many unfair rules – no birthday parties, no Christmas, no regular friends – she rails against her mother; while in a Kingdom Hall not far away, young Georgia Jackson goes missing. Whispers of abduction and murder terrorize the quiet community.
A week later Lorraine’s brother Peter is critically injured in a car accident and her father consents to a blood transfusion. Punishment is swift and calculated.
The powder keg already smoldering in Lorraine’s mind explodes. Lorraine’s story will make you laugh; it will make you weep, but her eventual escape and the long road of reconciliation from the haunting memories of her past will make you cheer out-loud.
Murder in the Fourth is both a story of escape and exposure: escape from the clutches of a fear-driven ideology, and exposure of the secret mind-bending machinations religious cults employ to keep members compliant, submissive and isolated from mainstream society. Depicting one family’s suffering and righteous indignities under the strict and arbitrary tenets of the Jehovah’s Witness organization, this touching narrative mirrors thousands of other families torn apart by the divisive nature of similar religions. In this remarkable work, Whicher and Martin take murder to a new level.
Jill Martin was an educator on Nova Scotia’s South Shore, serving as the last principal of Lunenburg Academy. Following her retirement, she has devoted her spare time to research projects, and writing books and articles about Sable Island. She is an author-historian for Adventure Canada expedition cruises to Sable Island. She presently sits on the board of Friends of Sable Island Society as Director of Education. Murder in the Fourth is her first co-authored book.